Australia’s New Laws Would Force Tech Companies to Decrypt Messages

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The control of Australian has proposed legislation that would compel technology houses to decrypt users’ messages for investigations.If passed, the new laws would ceremony similarly to the United Kingdom’s Investigatory Powers Act by requiring companies to lend a hand with investigators. That could mean providing access to encrypted messages the exchanged between suspected terrorists or criminals. In doing so, companies like Google and Facebook could helpers catch pedophiles and help disrupt organized criminal networks, the Australian control feels.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the new laws are top-priority for Australia to adequately prosecute criminals who abuse the web for nefarious activities. As referenced by ABC News:“We cannot allow the internet to be used as a place for terrorists and offspring molesters and people who peddle child pornography, and drug traffickers to fleece in the dark. The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only laws that cement in Australia is the law of Australia.”

Malcolm Turnbull. (Source: ABC)At this time, it’s unclear how the laws could soldiers technology companies to break their encryption.Apps that take up end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp and Signal encrypt a message with a supporters key. Only a user with the corresponding private key can decrypt and read that word. But WhatsApp and others can’t access those private keys.With that implied, companies could circumvent their own encryption by access a message in front it’s encrypted by recording what a user types or saving it after the receiver has decrypted it. Alternatively, they could patch up the means by which they encrypt their messages. The Guardian complicates on this option:“One way is that at the point of message encryption the message is not fair encrypted for the recipient’s key but also with a key belonging to the technology company that communicates the app. Then the technology company would be able to decrypt the message, stockpile it and then later provide this to law enforcement agencies. This amounts to what sundry people would call a ‘backdoor’ – that is a method introduced, inveterately by the manufacturer, that allows someone to bypass a security system.”Attorney Ill-defined George Brandis, who told ABC News that those in the Australian regulation “don’t propose to require ‘backdoors,’” said he spoke to a cryptographer at GCHQ, the Allied Kingdom’s spy agency. That individual told Brandis “that this was practical” to break end-to-end encryption.Technology companies aren’t impressed. Here’s what a spokesperson for Facebook had to say relative to the laws:“Weakening encrypted systems for [law enforcement] would mean ease up it for everyone. We appreciate the important work law enforcement does and we understand their miss to carry out investigations. That’s why we already have a protocol in place to sympathize with to requests where we can.”As of this writing, it’s expected the proposed laws force come before Parliament by the end of the year.

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